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Supporting Smallholder Farmers Against Big Agriculture

From: opensocietyfoundations.org

On the website of Steenburg’s, an online British grocer that specializes in supplying customers with organic herbs and spices, a 25-gram jar of Birds Eye chili from Uganda currently costs £2.60. The page notes that the small, fiery, red chili “should be used with caution, packing a punch at around 100,000 Scoville Heat Units.”

The presence of this Ugandan chili, or other Ugandan products such as groundnuts and okra, on the shelves of British markets, is a reflection of the power that exports to Europe offer Uganda’s agricultural sector. But it also raises a question: How can smallholder farmers benefit from these new opportunities?

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